NAC389.570. Foreign language: Fourth year.  

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  • A course in a foreign language offered as an elective course in a public high school as a fourth-year foreign language course must, in addition to the requirements set forth in NAC 389.5695 and subject to the experience of the pupils with the foreign language in kindergarten through the 11th grade, include instruction designed to teach the pupil by the completion of the 12th grade to:

         1. Engage in conversations, provide information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in the foreign language by:

         (a) Responding effectively to factual and interpretive questions.

         (b) Using increasingly complex verb tenses and forms.

         (c) Interacting in increasingly complex situations.

         (d) Analyzing and discussing competently personal reactions to selected materials.

         (e) Using familiar idiomatic and nonverbal expressions and appropriate vocabulary.

         (f) Applying effectively strategies for questions, paraphrasing, circumlocution and self-correction.

         (g) Demonstrating adequately patterns of pronunciation and intonation.

         (h) Expressing appropriately opinions and emotions.

         (i) Determining meaning by using contextual cues.

         (j) Demonstrating creativity in the production of language.

         2. Understand and interpret written and spoken material in the foreign language on a variety of topics by:

         (a) Advancing from a literal and interpretive comprehension of the foreign language to a more critical appreciation of reading and listening skills.

         (b) Comprehending increasingly complex vocabulary.

         (c) Understanding and paraphrasing increasingly complex spoken and written material.

         (d) Obtaining and analyzing information from original materials by using background knowledge and contextual cues.

         3. Present information, concepts and ideas in the foreign language to an audience by:

         (a) Composing and presenting an original report on a topic of interest.

         (b) Playing roles in various situations.

         (c) Giving presentations on current events and cultural topics using appropriate expressions and intonation.

         4. Understand the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied by:

         (a) Analyzing the manner in which history influences the present.

         (b) Adjusting communication to the situation and audience.

         (c) Identifying important persons in entertainment and the arts in the culture and recognizing their achievements and contributions.

         5. Understand the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied by:

         (a) Analyzing the important contributions of the culture.

         (b) Correlating major historical events, literary works and other art forms to cultural practices.

         6. Understand other disciplines through the foreign language by:

         (a) Presenting increasingly complex oral and written reports in the foreign language concerning topics studied in other courses.

         (b) Discussing brief articles, news broadcasts, commercial advertisements and videos in the foreign language concerning topics studied in other courses.

         7. Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through materials in the foreign language by:

         (a) Describing the cultural differences and their distinctive viewpoints.

         (b) Preparing reports using sources in the foreign language.

         8. Understand the nature of language through comparisons of the foreign language with the pupil’s language by:

         (a) Using complex idiomatic expressions and language structures.

         (b) Identifying dialects from different regions, cultures and contexts.

         9. Understand cultural similarities and differences by analyzing the perspectives of the culture studied as they are reflected in art and literature.

         10. Use the language in and outside of school by:

         (a) Interacting with members of the pupil’s community on various topics using the foreign language.

         (b) Participating in a program to make the transition from school to work which requires proficiency in the foreign language and knowledge of the culture studied.

         11. Develop an interest in continuing the study of the foreign language for personal enjoyment and enrichment by preparing a project using various media concerning traveling and studying in a country where the foreign language is spoken.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Education, eff. 5-4-87; A 9-15-89; R065-97, 12-10-97; R164-99, 2-16-2000)